The Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence would like to invite tertiary students, with an interest in Southeast Asia, from across Aotearoa to attend the ‘Standing in the Future: New Zealand and the Indo-Pacific Region’ conference to be held in Wellington on 14 July 2021.

The conference is being delivered by the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) and will bring together renowned thinkers and experts, members of the diplomatic community and government agencies to have conversations around New Zealand within Indo-Pacific context, using the lens of standing in the future.

About the Conference

Standing in the future of a region such as the Indo-Pacific isn’t about looking into the future. Rather it is about imagining, anticipating and exploring the long-term issues or challenges shaping the future of the region. This is the framework for the conference.

The Indo-Pacific region is changing fast not only because of the effects of great power dynamics, economic and trade patterns, climate change, sustainability, demographic and social changes, but also due to the on-going impacts of Covid-19. Regional cooperation will be a key factor in managing and mitigating the political, economic, social and environmental uncertainty created by these trends. This is particularly so for small countries such as New Zealand. APEC is one of the key regional organisations with a role to play in this region and with New Zealand hosting APEC in 2021 we are in a key position to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the region.

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How could this experience impact you?

  • You’ll learn about dynamics shaping the Indo-Pacific region
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn from and meet with leaders & experts from across government agencies and academia
  • You’ll meet with and build relationships with like-minded peers from across Aotearoa
  • You’ll become a SEA CAPE alumnus and expand your network by connecting with SEA CAPE alumni and stakeholder communities
  • You’ll receive a digital badge to acknowledge your accomplishment and participation.

What’s involved

13 July - Arrive in Wellington

You will arrive in Wellington the day prior to the conference and meet with other SEA CAPE alumni, stakeholders and other selected students at a networking event hosted by SEA CAPE. 

14 July - Attend NZIIA: Standing in the Future Conference

Conference programme

During conference

We will require you to report live about the conference and its topics on social media.

Post event

You will be required to post on LinkedIn in the form of a video or written post, summarizing your experience at the conference explaining:

  • What were your key takeaways?
  • Has this experience changed your perspective on any of the subjects covered?
  • Tag SEA CAPE and NZIIA on your post

What's covered?

SEA CAPE will cover the following expenses:

  • Return travel to Wellington
  • Accommodation
  • Conference registration costs

Who can apply?

This opportunity is open to students of all levels and discipline currently enrolled at a New Zealand tertiary institution.

How to apply

  1. You will need to submit a 300-word essay detailing your interest in the Southeast Asia region and why you should be selected to attend the conference.
  2. Provide your CV with the application
  3. Attach your academic transcript with the application


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